Archive for category: Social Media

/ April 26, 2017 10:16 am

Seeking Political Relief: Comedy on Campus

By Kaylee S. Kim, The Harvard Crimson |Months after Trump’s win and inauguration—and the many overused jokes that accompanied them—student comedians on campus are still pushing themselves to produce original and meaningful political content. The relationship between comedy and politics is by no means new, but many students see comedy as an especially relevant outlet for coping with the current […]

/ March 23, 2017 11:36 am

Why Sexism Is The One Thing The Comedy World Can’t Laugh At

By Brittany Leitner, Elite Daily | A harsh light was shed on the comedy world last summer, when comedian Aaron Glaser was accused of rape by multiple women.Although no charges against Glaser were filed, women in the New York City comedy community quickly joined the conversation. They had either experienced similar assault from Glaser firsthand, or knew someone who had.When […]

/ February 16, 2017 11:01 am

‘History of Comedy’ probes a dark side of stand-up

By Brian Lowry, CNN | The most important hour of “The History of Comedy” — an eight-part CNN documentary devoted to stand-up — might be the most serious and sobering: the high toll comedy exacts on its practitioners, from depression to substance abuse. The tears of a clown almost sounds like a cliché, but given the high-profile examples of comics […]

/ January 15, 2017 11:51 am

Political Comedy is Killing the Absurdity of Late-Night

By Samantha Allen, Paste Magazine | At the start of his New Year’s Eve Late Night special, Seth Meyers launched into a long segment called “A Closer Look Back at 2016: The Year in Politics.” I could not have changed the channel faster. It’s not that I don’t share Meyers’ politics; if anything, I’m further left than his show typically skews. […]

/ November 21, 2016 12:17 pm

Why ‘Def Comedy Jam’ Gets No Respect

By Jason Zinoman, New York Times | Before “Veep,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Sex and the City,” there was “Def Comedy Jam,” one of the first hit comedies on HBO, often beating its network competition in ratings on Friday nights throughout much of the 1990s. That this trailblazing showcase for black comedy is routinely overlooked in discussions of the most […]

/ September 18, 2016 3:17 pm

In the 21st century, comedy is our greatest tool for progressive change

By Mary O’Hara, Quartz | Maeve Higgins once set herself a task. The Irish-born comedian wanted to see what life would be like if she stopped laughing at things that weren’t funny. Turns out it wasn’t as easy as she thought. “It was so effing hard,” she says. “Laughter is a lubricant and is expected, and it’s really hard not […]

/ July 24, 2016 3:03 pm

Stephen Colbert’s Joyful Return to Political Comedy

By Ian Crouch, The New Yorker | During this election cycle, it has often felt as though the country’s politically inclined late-night talk-show hosts have been sitting in the wrong chairs, or else sadly absent altogether. Sure, John Oliver is in the right spot, hectoring gleefully at HBO. But Samantha Bee, who is doing a superhero’s work just once a […]

/ July 17, 2016 12:48 pm

Louis C.K.’s stand-up comedy challenges growing fan base

By Peter Hartlaub, SFGate.com | Louis C.K. has had a string of recent successes — upending the economic landscape of stand-up comedy, receiving adulation on multiple platforms and even voicing the alpha dog in the just-released PG-rated box office juggernaut “The Secret Life of Pets.” And yet he still paces the stage with the hesitant vibe of a man on […]

/ June 27, 2016 9:46 am

Late-night comedy needs to get over Jon Stewart

By Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, theweek.com | I miss Jon Stewart — particularly every time I try to watch a late-night comic not named Jon Stewart. Jon Stewart was truly special. It’s not often that a talented person finds the instrument that is just perfect for him. You see this sometimes with kids. You have a child who has an obvious gift […]

/ March 23, 2016 9:55 pm

Canada Goes Rogue on Free Speech in Comedy

By Carl Unegbu, Comedybeat | Political correctness (PC) these days is losing its shine and clout as the harsh spotlight of incoming fire continues to gather around the phenomenon. In the comedy world, the gripe against PC remains unrelenting and Canada’s profile seems to be rising as a poster child of PC gone bunkers. The victim this time is a […]

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